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My Favourite MAC Eyeshadows + Enter to Win a Curated 30-Shade MAC Palette | GIVEAWAY

I feel like I have been taking MAC Eyeshadows for granted.  They have been in my makeup routine for so many years that sometimes I just forget how great the colour payoff is, how nice their texture is, and how long wearing they are.  I still remember my first few MAC Eyeshadows, which most are still my all time favourite and I use them so often that I had gone through a few pans...
My go-to MAC shadows in a Z-Palette
Among those shadows, my staples and my top 3 MAC eyeshadows are Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe, and Blanc Type.

Naked Lunch is a shimmery light pink.  It is my go-to all over lid colour.  When I don't know what to wear, I'll just apply it all over my lid, put a warm brown on my crease (like Wedge) and smudge a little dark brown on my lash line (like Swiss Chocolate) and I'm good to go.

Satin Taupe is shimmery taupe with a satin finish.  It is also one of MAC's best selling shade because it is just so easy to work with.  It works great as a defining colour, as well as all over the lid if you want more drama.  (It also pairs well with Naked Lunch!)

Blanc Type is creamy matte light beige.  I'm saving the best for last.  You may think that it is boring cream colour, but to me, it is basically an eyeshadow eraser.  You can always count on Blanc Type to fix that crease colour brought too high and give you a clean edge of a classic cat eye.  I suggest using it with MAC 227 brush, best combo ever!

MAC Eyeshadows Swatches L to R: Blanc Type, Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe

Never tried any of these shades before?  Today might just be your lucky day!  Together with 30 fabulous beauty and fashion bloggers and vloggers, we're hosting a huge MAC giveaway.  The winner will get 30-pan MAC palette filled with our favourite MAC eyeshadows hand picked by all of us.  The shades in the prize are:
Sketch, Vibrant Grape, Fig 1, Club, Shroom, Orb, Omega, Aquadisiac, Copperplate, Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Cranberry, Steamy, Naked Lunch, Blanc Type, Nylon, Cobalt, Brule, Haux, Carbon, Phloof, Retrospeck, Stars & Rockets, Expensive Pink, Brun, Electra, Satin Taupe, Honeylust & Brown Script
I have so many favourites out of these 30 shades and I am sure you will find your favourite(s) among them as well.  Check out below for giveaway details!

This giveaway is hosted by these awesome beauty and fashion bloggers/bloggers (see picture above).  Make sure to check out their blogs while you're entering the giveaway :D

Row 1 (L-R): Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss), Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)

Row 2 (L-R): Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style), Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (The Urban Umbrella)

Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista's Diary), Justina (Justina's Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

Row 4 (L-R): Maria (Amotherworld), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries), Cheryl (MakeUp by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)

Row 5 (L-R): Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz), Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

Ever wonder what happens when 30 beauty & fashion bloggers and vloggers get together? They host an EPIC giveaway! We are teaming up to bring you an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with our favourite shades!! Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below! Open in the USA and Canada. Ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59pm EST on August 6th, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.

Until next time,

x Rica

*Disclosure: Products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.

Me Time at Me & T Studio | A beautiful full service beauty studio in Toronto

Everybody needs some TLC every now and then. I love me a good mani-pedi but I keep having trouble to find a place that lives up to the hygienic level I'm looking for. I'm so glad that I got introduced to Me & T Studio.

From L to R: Liz, Shawna, Shirley, and Dylan
Founded by Shawna Rao, a former critical care nurse turned entrepreneur, Me & T Studio offers services from mani-pedi to facial hair waxing, from spray tanning to lash extension application. Along with Rema from The Burgundy Book and Arianne from Glitter Geek, I was invited to check out Me & T Studio and explore their service.
Benefit Launches They're Real Push-Up Liner | Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes Tips & Tricks

Launch of the Most Innovative Eyeliner

Benefit said it's their biggest innovation in history.  After 5 years of development, the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner (CA $29 / US $24) is finally launching globally this Friday on June 27, 2014!  

I was fortunate to have previewed and tried the product before its release.  It is probably the most unique eyeliner I have ever used.  Believe me when I say I have tried a lot of liners, but never have I ever seen an applicator like Benefit's patented Accuflex tip.  The gel formula comes out from within the applicator with just a few twists.  The flexible tip is designed to be lash hugging, which allows you to get as close to your lash line as possible.  It also gives great control that you can get the line as thin as your like or as thick as you like.

From L to R: They're Real Mascara, They're REal Push-Up Liner, They're Real Remover, Simone ;)
The formula in this liner is phenomenal.  It's smooth, creamy, and pigmented, which are basically what you would want from a gel liner.  The staying power is out of this world.  It stays put all day (even on the waterline) and it doesn't smudge.  To take it all off, I would use the They're Real! Remover (CA $22), which has now become my holy grail eye makeup remover.

When Benefit comes up with the concept of They're Real Push Up Liner, they want to create something that is fool proof and easy to use.  That woman can apply it in seconds.  I find that it is very easy to get a one stroke liner.  The trick is not to drag or push too hard, and to also ensure that there is enough product on the tip to apply.  That way you will get a smoother and quicker application.  That being said, also be aware not to twist up too much; but if you do, not to fear, you can just wipe the excess product on the back of your hand and dip it when you need it.

Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes / Folded Eye Lids

I can do a regular winged liner, no problem, and with this, it just makes getting ready in the morning so much more faster.  However, the regular winged liner doesn't necessarily look good on my eyes with my eye shape.  I got a chance to sit down with Benefit Canada Regional Education Manager Maddox Lu (@maddox_thinks) to pick his brain and get some tips on how to apply this liner on my hooded/folded eye lids.

Maddox said the best liner look that suits hooded eyes the best is the "Hook" liner; as well as those with folded lids, droopy lids, "Asian eyes" (disclaimer: not trying to generalize but a lot of east Asian would have some type of folded eye lids).  Basically, if you see a broken line when you have your eyes opened with a regular winged liner on, then you will be able to benefit from the "Hook" technique.  There are a few simple steps:

Step 1: Draw a thin line like you would normal do from the outer corner to the inner corner because we want a thicker line in the outer corner.

Step 2: Align your eyeliner from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eyes to find the ideal angle.  Then, create a wing by pressing the Accuflex Tip down on your lid.

Step 3: Fill in the wing.  And when you open your eyes, you would see a broken line because of the shape of your eyelid.

Step 4: Stare straight into your mirror.  Take the wing and connect straight across from wing to your crease, just a small line.

Step 5: Look down and connect downward from the end of the new line you just create.

Step 6: Fill in the line and you're done!



Maddox gave me a lesson on this technique and demonstrated on my left eye.  I then tried it out on my right eye and got the same result too.  It might take once or twice to get used to but it's definitely a brilliant technique.

This technique is not only great for hooded eyes, but also "droopy eyes" and "Asian eyes" (most of us tend to have a fold on our lid, myself included).  It will work well too if the corner of your eyes points downward.

Okay, sounds like I need it, now what?

Well, the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner is launching this Friday on June 27, 2014 worldwide and they are hosting launch parties across Canada (check their Facebook page to see if it's coming to your Sephora).  In Toronto, it will be held at the Sephora inside Toronto Eaton Centre.  Benebabes will be in store to help you with your liner on both Friday and Saturday (June 27-28, 2014) from 11AM to 9PM.  Guests will get a special gift if they purchase their They're Real Push Up Liner on those two dates (while supplies last).  If you're planning to go, a little bird told me there's a special secret happening between 3:30PM to 4:00PM.  If you're around, don't miss it!

Until next time,

x Rica

*Disclosure: Products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.
Luminato Festival 2014 | Vichy Skin Health Centre & L'Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Beach House

I love this time of the year.  The Sun is out.  There is a nice breeze and it's not too hot.  It's also time for a eventful season with Toronto.  One of the biggest is the Luminato Festival that happens every year around downtown Toronto feature art, music, film, theatre, etc.  As the Partner of Creativity of Luminato, every year L'Oréal Canada will have different activation around town for event goers.
Benefit Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balms: New match for their cheek & lip tints | Review, Photos & Swatches

By now, you might already know about my lip balm obsessions (here, here & here).  I especially love tinted lip balms because they are the best gift to a lazy girl who still want something to make their lips pop.  Naturally, you know I'll be there ready when Benefit Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balms (CA $22 / US $18) are released.
Herbal Essence Naked Dry Shampoo | Weekly Spotlight

It's finally here! The Herbal Essence Naked Collection has arrived and I'm pretty excited because of what this range has promised.  They are 11 hair products (shampoos, conditioners, stylers) that are residue, parabens and dye free, so your hair can feel weightless.  My hair is already flat and my scalp gets oily easily, so the last thing I want is having ingredients in my hair products that weigh my hair down even more.

This week I want to point the spotlight on the Herbal Essence Naked Volume Dry Shampoo ($4.99).  This little baby is probably the first drugstore dry shampoo (or any dry shampoo) that smells good, leaves no white residues, and actually works.  The reason I wash my hair every day is because I have yet to find a dry shampoo that works, until now.  Most will work maybe the first few times, and then it just stop working, but the Herbal Essence Naked Dry Shampoo just keep on giving.

I love it has a refreshing and clean smell, not overly pungent or fake.  It also goes away really quickly, which is nice.  It dispense very fine spray and it doesn't "overdose" your hair with dry shampoo.  It gives slight volume, having flat pin straight hair definitely doesn't help.  I would say the only downside is that it is a pretty small bottle, but for less than $5? I'm not gonna complain.

To be honest though, I would still wash my hair more frequently than suggested just because I love that clean feeling after... I am going to try the 
Herbal Essence Naked Moisture Cleansing Conditioner ($8.49).  I hope this will be my solution so I don't have to wash it every day and feel guilty afterwards.

Until next time,

x Rica

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. Products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.